Punjab: Special Assembly session called to counter central farm laws

Punjab: Special Assembly session called to counter central farm laws

Chandigarh: Much awaited special session of the Punjab Assembly will be convened on Monday, October 19, to bring in legislation to counter the Farm Laws of the central government.

This decision was taken at a meeting of the Punjab Cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Captain Amarinder Singh here on Wednesday through video conferencing.

The Chief Minister had earlier announced that his government will fight the “anti-farmer” and “anti-federal” farm laws tooth and nail through legislative, legal and other routes.

He had said some days ago that he would call a special session of the Assembly to bring in necessary amendments to the state laws to negate the dangerous impact of the central legislations, which are designed to ruin the farmers as well as the state’s agriculture and economy.

With the Cabinet decision, the Punjab Governor has been authorized to convene the 13th (Special) Session of 15th Punjab Vidhan Sabha, as per clause (1) of Article 174 of the Constitution of India.

In the 12th session of the 15th Punjab Assembly, which had concluded on August 28, 2020, a resolution was passed by majority to reject the contentious farm ordinances viz. The Farmers’ Produce Trade and Commerce (Promotion and Facilitation) Ordinance, 2020; The Farmers (Empowerment and Protection) Agreement on Price Assurance and Farm Services Ordinance, 2020; and The Essential Commodities (Amendment) Ordinance, 2020 besides the proposed Electricity (Amendment) Bill 2020, promulgated by the Union Government.

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  1. As Punjab is primarily an agricultural state, all members of Punjab Legislative Assembly are likely to unite on to condemn the farm ordinances. Implications of these ordinances would be wider than people assume. It’ll also affect subsidized grain distribution to people below poverty line along with doing damages to the interests of the farmers. So poor people are more prone to negative effects of these ordinances. There will more chances of agricultural produce to be hoarded by the companies which’ll have exclusive rights over purchase. Common man will feel helpless in this new scenario and will be left to the mercy of business pro government.
    In a welfare state governments are supposed to devote themselves to the welfare of its people. On the contrary the present BJP led government in the centre doing just the opposite by promoting the interests of big business houses only. It needs to be criticized by all the state assemblies alike.


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